Our Historians

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Dr. David Bernstein

Dr. David Bernstein has been the Educational Consultant for Heritage Seminars from the birth of the program. He holds a BA and MA in History and a PhD in Religious Education from New York University; he also attended Yeshivat HaMivtar. Dr. Bernstein has been the Dean of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies since 1998. Dr. Bernstein was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel School for Jewish Education from 1996-1998. Prior to his Aliyah in 1984, Dr. Bernstein was the Educational Director of Informal Education at the Ramaz Upper School in New York City, where he created and taught an integrated course in world and Jewish history. He has been teaching Jewish History and Pedagogy in these and other settings since 1973.


Vicky Berglas

Vicky Berglas has been a vital part of the Heritage Senior Staff since the second year of the seminar. She is often lovingly referred to as the “Queen of Heritage”. When Vicky leads students on the annual Heritage Seminar to Poland, they are treated to her unique perspective, which combines encyclopedic historical knowledge with a deep connection to the great personalities of our past, and the conviction that the Holocaust can inspire us toward meaning and accomplishment in our personal own lives. In addition to her role as Director of Midreshet Moriah, Vicky also serves as a guide at Yad Vashem. She earned a BA in Psychology and Judaic Studies at Yeshiva University, an MA in Holocaust at Haifa University, and is now completing her doctorate in Holocaust studies. She holds a position of reverence in the Heritage hierarchy.



Rabbi Dr. Avraham Krieger

Rabbi Dr. Avraham Krieger is a graduate of Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and completed his PhD from Haifa University. Rabbi Krieger is a Senior Historian at Heritage, and Director of the Shem Olam Institute of Holocaust Studies. The institute services Yeshivot, Ulpanot, Midrashot and academic programs, with courses in Hebrew and English that focus on the struggle of the Jews of Eastern Europe in the Holocaust with their Judaism, morality, spirituality, religious life, and humanity. He is considered one of the most important Heritage and Holocaust scholars in the world today, and is a member of numerous standing committees on the study of the Holocaust. Among Heritage historians and educators, he is considered our “Rebbe” for his extensive knowledge and insight.

Rabbi Yizchak Rubenstein

Rabbi Yizchak Rubenstein has been with Heritage for the past 9 years. He made Aliya in 2002 after a career in both formal and informal education in South Africa. There, he was Director of the South African Board of Jewish Education directing eight Jewish Day Schools in Johannesburg. He is a senior educator in the Nativ program which facilitates the conversion of non Jewish soldiers within the IDF. Rabbi Rubenstein is completing an MA degree at the Hebrew University focusing on Polish-Jewish relations and how they are taught throughout the world. He joined Heritage in 2007 and has guided a range of different groups in Poland for Heritage and a number of other organizations.


Michal Porath Zibman

Michal Porath-Zibman has been associated with Heritage for over a decade as Mechanechet,Technical Coordinator for the Women’s Division, and has recently began promoted to Historian. Michal  teaches Jewish Thought at Midreshet Moriah, as well as Darkeinu. She is a teacher of great charisma and passion, inspiring her students with her exciting shiurim in Mussar and Machshavah. In addition, Michal guides at Yad Vashem. She has served as Educational Director at Camp Moshava and has worked at Moshava’s Mach Hach Ba-Aretz and Camp HASC. Michal holds a BA in Jewish History from Bar Ilan University.


Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper

Rabbi Dr. Levi Cooper has been part of the Heritage team since 1996. He serves as Rabbi of the Kehillat HaTzur VeHaTzohar in Tzur Hadassah, teaches at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Education, is an active member of the Tzohar Rabbis, and serves as an educational advisor to the Jewish community of Istanbul, Turkey. Rabbi Cooper holds an LLB and LLM from Bar Ilan University, and is a member of the Israel Bar Association. He has studied at Chabad, Shaalvim Hesder Yeshiva, the Bar-Ilan University Kollel and Beit Morasha, Jerusalem. He served in the IDF’s Golani Brigade, and does his Miluim as a commander in an infantry unit. He has authored articles in Judaic studies and various educational materials for use in high schools. He authors World of the Sages, a weekly column in the Jerusalem Post, and is a contributing editor for Jewish Educational Leadership, the journal of the Lookstein Center for Jewish Education.

Associated Heritage Historians:

David Berhman

Rabbi Allan Goldman

Jonathan Duitch

Marty Friedlander

Rabbi Zvi Shiloni



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